Lansing Village Historical Archive To Be Established in the Town

Nov212014
vha 120When the Village of Lansing was incorporated in 1974 after a long and hard fought political battle, it codified a basic difference in philosophy between those in the southern part of the town that was desperate for zoning, and the north, which wanted to preserve its character as a farming community.  Structurally, though, the Village is a separate municipality that is still part of the Town.  When Village Trustee Gerry Monaghan approached Lansing Town Historian Louise Bement this year with an idea of establishing a Village historical archive within the Town archive, she jumped at the chance.

"I think that's the way it's going to be," says Bement.  Just like the Village is a separate Village inside the Town, the Village Archive will be a separate archive within the Town archive."

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Charter School Releases Graduation Rates

Nov212014

Charter School Releases Graduation Rates

 

newrootsbanner 120New Roots Charter School reported a 51% four-year graduation rate for the 2010 cohort in the 2013-2014 Accountability Plan Progress Report.

Stating bluntly that the graduation rate was 'unacceptable,'” New Roots Principal and Superintendent Tina Nilsen-Hodges emphasized that it is an historical anomaly created by the unique composition of the cohort.  In sharp contrast, New Roots is projecting a 75% graduation rate for the 2011 cohort.  Seventy-one percent of the 2008 cohort and 67% of the 2009 cohort graduated in four years.

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Korean War Vet Remains Returned To Ithaca

Nov212014

Korean War Vet Remains Returned To Ithaca

 

4thofjuly-myers120Tompkins County will lower flags to half-staff Saturday, November 22, in honor of U.S. Army Sgt. Michael James Barra, the Korean War veteran and native son of Tompkins County whose remains will be laid to rest this weekend.

Sgt. Barra died as a prisoner of war after being captured in 1950, along with approximately 8,000 other servicemen.  His remains have been identified and are being returned to Ithaca, with services Saturday.

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TCPL Foundation Announces $2.75 M Campaign

Nov212014

TCPL Foundation Announces $2.75 M Campaign

 

tcpl120The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation has announced a $2.75 million goal for its 21st Century Library Campaign.
 
More than 200 people packed the Library's Avenue of the Friends Saturday evening for an after-hours celebration feting the launch of the campaign.  The event, emceed by syndicated columnist and author Amy Dickinson, included remarks from campaign co-chairs Aloja Airewele, outgoing president of the Library's Board of Trustees, community advocate and storyteller, Tompkins Cortland Community College President Carl Haynes, Jean McPheeters, owner of Jean McPheeters Consulting LLC and retired president of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, Ithaca College President Tom Rochon and Joel Malina, Cornell University's Vice President of University Relations, representing Co-Chair David Skorton, president of Cornell University and secretary-elect of the Smithsonian Institute.

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22nd Annual Rotary Winter Clothing Collection

Nov212014

22nd Annual Rotary Winter Clothing Collection

 

The 22nd annual Share the Warmth campaign has kicked off, with over a dozen collection sites around Ithaca and Tompkins County. Donations of new or gently used winter clothing will be gratefully collected, sorted, and distributed across the area by volunteers from a number of partner organizations: the Ithaca, Trumansburg, and Dryden Rotary Clubs; Cornell University; Ithaca College; Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga; and Finger Lakes ReUse.

The familiar 'red box' collection bins can be found at locations around Tompkins County. Each location will be accessible for a five-week collection period, scheduled to conclude on December 15. Clothes will be picked up and sorted by volunteers for distribution through the Samaritan Center of Catholic Charities. The donated clothing is distributed by Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga free of charge to individuals who need such items for the winter months.

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Today's Green Minute

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Today's Green Minute

 

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Jim Parks is most widely known as the veteran host of HGTV's remodeling show, "New Spaces," which has been enjoyed by television audiences for over nine years.  Today's Green Minute was born as Jim was doing research for a magazine series. He discovered the wealth of innovation being generated in the green world and set out to write a weekly newspaper column. An audio podcast version soon followed, and now video.  One of the things The Lansing Star is proud of is that we are a green, electronic newspaper.  You don't even have to recycle the Star.  This feature offers more on how to make your world greener.  Every few weeks a new episode will be added so check back often.

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SnowLeopardSnow Leopard arrived at the SPCA as part of a number of cats in a hoarding case. He had a pretty bad kitty cold when he arrived, and wasn't interested in eating, but he has recovered well from the illness and is now seeking his purrever home. We discovered that cat foods containing fish do a number on his intestines so Snow Leopard should not be fed any diet containing fish. He certainly gets along well with his roommates, so if you have another cat or two at home Snow Leopard wouldn't fuss. This beautiful boy just needs a home to call his own with a person or two to admire him and stroke him and love him 'furever'.

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Ludlowville was a commercial center with sawmills, gristmills, a store, post office, and churches

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